Vocation - Become a Leader

If you are discerning a call to ordained ministry, your first step should be to contact your synod office. The synod Candidacy Committee makes the final determination, using churchwide standards, to assess a Candidate’s readiness for rostered leadership in the ELCA. At the synod office, you will be directed to the person/s who can talk to you about your discernment journey and the candidacy process, what forms are necessary and how to complete them.

A list of all of the required candidate forms is available on the ELCA candidacy resource page.

Download the ELCA’s Frequently Asked Questions list for further information.


Candidacy Committee Meetings

January 17-18, 2020
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran, Pleasant Hill

March 20-21, 2020
Location: Sacramento Office of the Bishop

July 17 – 18, 2020
Location: PLTS, Berkeley

November 13 – 14, 2020
Location: TBD